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NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Ottawa



(Saturday, December 6th)

Final Score: Ottawa 3, Pittsburgh 2

Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Jason Spezza's second career hat trick carried the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Scotiabank Place.

Spezza had his first three-goal game late last season, in a February 9 contest against Montreal. Dany Heatley had two assists for Ottawa, which has won two in a row and four of five.

"We knew we had to have a good game, and for me it's nice to get a few goals and contribute to the win," Spezza said. "All in all I thought we played a great team game and did a really good job."

Alex Auld made 17 saves in the win for the Senators.

Jordan Staal and Evgeni Malkin each finished with a goal and an assist for Pittsburgh, with Malkin's tally coming shorthanded. Dany Sabourin turned aside 28 shots in the loss for the Penguins, who wrapped up their three-game road trip with a 1-1-1 mark.

Spezza scored all three of his goals in the second frame, after a scoreless first. On the first, he skated near the right side of the goal while being blocked by Sabourin. But he went behind the net and quickly put the wrap- around shot across the goal line by the left post for a 1-0 Ottawa lead, 4:01 into the second period.

Almost five minutes later, Daniel Alfredsson had the disc behind the Pittsburgh net and sent a pass out front. The puck sat in the crease as several players went by, before Spezza flew in and put a shot past Sabourin for a 2-0 advantage.

Staal's power-play tally with 3:43 remaining in the middle period got the Pens back within a goal, but Spezza completed the hat trick with 39 ticks left in the stanza.

From behind the net, he sent a pass out by the left post, but the puck hit the skate of Pittsburgh's Kris Letang and went into the net, boosting Ottawa's lead to 3-1.

"He passed it and (Letang) was going to put some pressure on (Spezza) and it hit his skate and bounced off of me," Sabourin said. "It's a tough play because I have to get going for the pass but it was a good bounce for them."

The Penguins made it a 3-2 game when Malkin obtained the puck on a Senators power play and raced through the neutral zone, then shot the puck between Auld's pads at the 9:12 mark of the third period.

But Auld stopped the other four shots he saw in the frame, including one with 12.5 ticks left with an empty Penguins net, to seal the win for Ottawa.

Game Notes

Saturday's game was the first time the teams met since they began the NHL season with a pair of games in Stockholm, Sweden on October 4 and 5. The teams split the series with Pittsburgh winning the opener in overtime and the Sens taking a 3-1 victory in the finale...Pittsburgh hosts Buffalo on Monday...Ottawa is 2-0 so far on its three-game homestand, and wraps it up Monday against Florida.

12/06 22:25:46 ET


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